Slow Food San Francisco members are likely familiar with the story of Soul Food Farms in Vacaville, but it was new to today’s readers of The New York Times Magazine. Writer Christine Muhlke focused on the incredible community support shown in the face of a devastating fire in September. People raised money and volunteers even came out one weekend to help rebuild chicken houses. Muhlke is right to highlight this aspect of the farm because, in the Slow Food movement, it isn’t just about getting healthier, tastier food, it’s about getting to know your community.
Alexis Koefoed’s Soul Food Farms has started a CSA, moving beyond the initial service she provided to local restaurants. Koefoed has exciting future plans including a potential cooking school. Muhlke and Koefoed get into a conversation about the true cost of food with Koefoed noting, “those dollars go back into the community.” And within this community “ultimately aren’t farmers the most important resource we have in this country?” As Muhlke notes, certainly the idea is taking root and the Bay Area is a large part of this movement. And perhaps we could extend Koefoed’s question to include community as our most important resource. Can our time, money, and thought be better invested than in our own community? We are grateful for the reminder that The New York Times Magazine provides and, I hope, encouraged to continue this work for each other.